Courses for Provisionally Licensed Teachers

Provisionally Licensed Teachers

Coursework

Consult with your division or school licensure specialist to determine which courses you need to complete licensure requirements.

  • EDUC 517U Foundations of Education – Offered Fall, Spring & Summer [E,S]
  • EDUC 518U Diverse Learners & Human Growth and Development – Offered Fall, Spring & Summer [E,S]
  • EDUC 524U Reading Foundations for Early Literacy Instruction – Offered Fall & Summer [E]
  • EDUC 526U Assessment, Intervention & Literacy Strategies for Elementary Readers – Offered Fall & Spring [E]
  • EDUC 527U Content & Pedagogy for Elementary Mathematics – Offered Summer [E]
  • EDUC 542U Teaching & Learning in Secondary Classrooms – Offered Fall & Spring [S]
  • EDUC 543U Assessment & Evaluation in Education – Offered Fall & Summer [S]
  • EDUC 550U Content Area Literacy – Offered Spring & Summer [S]
  • EDUC 558U Classroom & Behavior Management – Offered Fall, Spring & Summer [E,S]

Legend: [E] = Elementary; [S] = Secondary & Comprehensive

The School of Professional & Continuing Studies provides approved courses for teachers holding a provisional license from the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). Only VDOE may grant a provisional license upon request of a Virginia public school division seeking to employ an individual with minimal competency gaps.

The University of Richmond is authorized by VDOE as an “approved licensure program,” meaning approved courses taken at UR will address licensure requirements.

The SPCS Education program offers many courses that are open to provisional license holders seeking coursework related to the VDOE’s professional studies requirements. Classes listed on this page are offered on a consistent rotation.

Additionally, we offer classes in the following specialized categories:

Provisionally licensed individuals should confirm with a VDOE Licensure Specialist that a course meets VDOE’s professional studies requirements before registering for any course.

Review additional details about the VDOE provisional license below. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Julia Burke at jburke@richmond.edu or (804) 484-1584.

Additional Information

What is a provisional license?

Provisional licenses are issued by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) at the request of the hiring school division.

The provisional license is a nonrenewable license valid for a period not to exceed three years. It is issued to an individual who has minimal competency gaps for full licensure as set forth by the VDOE in the Virginia Licensure Regulations for School Personnel. The individual must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

The provisional license, with the exception of those individuals seeking licensure through a career switcher program, is issued for three years. Individuals must complete the requirements for the regular, ten-year license within the Provisional License’s three-year term.

Who might seek a provisional license?

A provisional licensure is one alternative route to licensure approved by the VDOE. For example, individuals who graduate from an accredited college or university without education coursework would not meet the VDOE requirements for an initial teaching license. However, such individuals may seek an alternative route to licensure like the provisional license. VDOE regulations allow an individual with minimal competency gaps to be employed by a school division and be granted a provisional license.

This license must be requested by the hiring school division, not by the individual.

The VDOE is the licensure authority for all teaching licenses for grades K-12 in the state. The VDOE grants licensure to individuals who meet the requirements either via a state-approved Teacher Education program or through an alternative route to licensure.

Where can I learn more about a provisional license?

Please contact a Licensure Specialist in the Office of Teacher Education and Licensure at the VDOE at (804) 225-2022 with any questions specific to a provisional license and/or fulfilling competency gaps during the term of your provisional license.

Available Classes

Review the schedule of classes (below) to see which classes are being offered or will be offered in an upcoming term.

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  • EDUC 517U Foundations of Education
    Course Offerings

    Summer Term: 8-Week (8)
    Wednesday 4:20 pm - 6:50 pm

    Dawn Lambeth

    CRN: 30413 (section: 4)
    Semester hours: 3
    Fee: $800

    Remote class sessions as scheduled. Department approval required. Teachers seeking professional development and STEP/TLC students only.

    Description

    Introduction to the American educational system. Explores the philosophical, sociological, historical, and political roots of schools today. Attention also given to the legal status of teachers and students, including federal and state laws and regulations, school as an organization/culture, and contemporary issues in education. Explores professionalism, ethics, performance standards, and integrity for teachers.

  • EDUC 518U Diverse Learners and Human Growth and Development
    Course Offerings

    Summer Term: 8-Week (8)
    Thursday 4:20 pm - 6:50 pm

    Laura Kuti

    CRN: 30398 (section: 1)
    Semester hours: 3
    Fee: $800

    In-Person. Department approval required. Teachers seeking professional development and STEP/TLC students only.

    Summer Term: 8-Week (8)
    Thursday 4:20 pm - 6:50 pm

    Mark Allan

    CRN: 30406 (section: 2)
    Semester hours: 3
    Fee: $800

    Remote class sessions as scheduled. Department approval required. Teachers seeking professional development and STEP/TLC students only.

    Description

    Introduces students to the wide range of diversity that exists in schools today. Explores diverse learning styles and students' needs, and connections to cultures, communities, and family values as well as student support through trauma informed care. Provides theoretical underpinnings and contemporary perspective on critical issues, professional practices, and state and federal laws influencing the teaching of students with diverse learning needs, including specific learning disabilities (SLD) such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and auditory processing disorders.

  • EDUC 524U Reading Foundations for Early Literacy Instruction
    Course Offerings

    Summer Term: 8-Week (8)
    Monday 4:20 pm - 6:50 pm
    Wednesday 4:20 pm - 6:50 pm

    Paula Marks

    CRN: 30417 (section: 3)
    Semester hours: 3
    Fee: $800

    In-class/online hybrid. Mondays are remote class sessions, Wednesdays are in-person class sessions. Teachers seeking professional development and STEP/TLC students only.

    Description

    In-depth examination of the teaching methods, literacy concepts and development, and materials that are used to support and scaffold children's literacy acquisition from birth to the primary grades. A foundational understanding of the components of reading including phonemic awareness, concepts of print, phonics, fluency, comprehension, vocabulary, and writing will be addressed. Participants will examine early literacy assessment tools and will determine how to implement interventions for diverse learners. Language development, children's literature, and classroom strategies for early literacy instruction will also be investigated.

  • EDUC 543U Assessment and Evaluation in Education
    Course Offerings

    Summer Term: 8-Week (8)

    Laura Kuti

    CRN: 30423 (section: 2)
    Semester hours: 3
    Fee: $800

    Online. No scheduled class sessions. Teachers seeking professional development and STEP/TLC students only. Prereq is waived for this section only.

    Description

    Introduction to testing, measurement, and evaluation related to instruction, the construction and use of teacher-made tests, a survey of standardized tests, test interpretation, and basic statistical procedures.

    Prerequisites

    EDUC 542U

  • EDUC 550U Content Area Literacy
    Course Offerings

    Summer Term: 8-Week (8)
    Tuesday 4:20 pm - 6:50 pm

    Allison Brenning

    CRN: 30427 (section: 2)
    Semester hours: 3
    Fee: $800

    Remote class sessions as scheduled. Teachers seeking professional development and STEP/TLC students only.

    Description

    Examination of reading, writing and critical thinking in secondary content areas. Specific techniques for teaching and assessing comprehensions, vocabulary knowledge, and study skills will be addressed. The effects of text organization and relationship between reading and writing are investigated. The course integrates theory with practice and is designed to help content area instructors learn how to integrate literacy principles into subject matter instruction. A strong emphasis will be placed on the elements of effective comprehension instruction. Literacy techniques designed to support the needs of diverse learners will be studied. Participants will learn strategies to foster motivation and appreciation of a variety of types of literature utilized for independent and collaborative reading.

  • EDUC 558U Classroom and Behavior Management
    Course Offerings

    Summer Term: 8-Week (8)
    Monday 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
    Wednesday 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

    Rich Hall
    Beverly Allen-Hardy

    CRN: 30432 (section: 4)
    Semester hours: 3
    Fee: $800

    Remote class sessions as scheduled. Teachers seeking professional development and STEP/TLC students only.

    Description

    Effective classroom and behavior management skills to build individual responsibility and self-discipline, promote self-regulation, and maintain a positive learning environment. Research-based classroom and behavior management techniques, classroom community building, positive behavior supports, and individual interventions.

    Prerequisites

    EDUC 507U or EDUC 542U